Quirky Kid is currently having a growth spurt and we have recently advertised for two one experienced Child Psychologists (Full-Time) to join our dedicated clinical team in Sydney (filled) and Wollongong.
My name is Dr. Kimberley O’Brien, Quirky Kid’s Principal Psychologist and Co-Founder. I’ll be working closely with our new colleagues, so I wanted to give an insight into what the roles involve and what it’s like to work at QK. You can also download a PDF information pack as well.
What the role entails:
Quirky Kid currently has two busy clinics and a flourishing publishing house. We create resources for classrooms and clinics. We have created a place for children and families to feel inspired, well-nourished and empowered.
Over the years, Quirky Kid has developed a community of like-minded colleagues who love our therapeutic tools and programs. Parents see our passion and their children make fast progress. We’ve developed a reputation for excellent service, clinical integrity and new technology (check out our website)! As a team, we have more opportunities for research, travel, professional development and quality time with our own families.
As a Child Psychologist at Quirky Kid, you’ll work with a broad range of clinical issues and you’ll be comfortable conducting assessments, writing reports, delivering programs, helping with research projects, engaging with schools and being part of a very supportive clinical team.
Who I’d love to work with:
The most important aspects of this role are a warm, professional manner, clinical integrity, enthusiasm for working with children, and a long-term commitment to being part of the Quirky Kid journey.
In return, we’ll help you to realise your dreams (see Kathryn Berry’s Everest trip blog post for inspiration)! As a company, we want to spend our days helping people to do amazing things. You’ll be joining a team of enthusiastic and thoughtful colleagues, where the work is challenging and meaningful.
Quirky Kid welcomes professionals and interns from various walks of life including provisional psychologists, editors, graphic artists and teachers. During the course of their internships – from 3 to 6 months – a lot of learning takes places. In this new section, we ask our interns and colleagues to share their experiences with Quirky Kid; what they’ve learnt and how this experience will help them in the future. In this post, Emily Bartlett shares her experience.
Why did I apply?
I applied to volunteer with The Quirky Kid Clinic to learn practical skills in the area of Child Psychology, build on my current knowledge acquired through my Psychology degree and gain first-hand experience working in a private practice and working publishing house. I also hoped to use this opportunity as a way to connect with like-minded individuals and learn from the teams’ experience and knowledge.
What did I learn?
The range of projects and activities available during my placement were matched with my interests, skills and development areas. I was involved in researching material for a social emotional program, writing for the website, learning to score assessments, assisting with shop orders and managing client relationships. In addition, I co-facilitated a number of anxiety and social skills workshops for primary school aged clients.
How will this help me in the future?
As an aspiring Psychologist, this placement provided me with a broad range of skills and knowledge which will be beneficial when applying for Clinical Masters programs and in my future career ventures. I was able to assess whether the private sector appealed to me and an opportunity to connect with Psychologists to discuss their career path and learn from their knowledge and guidance.
My experience with QK as a company.
My experience with The Quirky Kid Clinic was enjoyable and professional. I really admire and respect the creative way the clinic is presented which translates into a very warm and welcoming space for their clients. The team are highly skilled and is clear why Quirky Kid is being recognised internationally for their innovative product development.
Tips for future applicants.
The placement requires a “can do” attitude, attention to detail, a flexible and creative approach to new tasks, and motivation to work independently and in a small team. Overall, it was a valuable experience and recommend this opportunity to other aspiring counsellors or psychologists.
We are proud to announce that Emma Cooney will be implementing ‘The Best of Friends’™ program in 2017 at her private practice LEAP for Kids in Kew, Victoria. Clients from Kew and surrounding areas will be able to benefit from this engaging and effective Social and Emotional Program.
“Emma has worked with children and adolescents in educational settings within both the public and private sector for 20 years. She is passionate about delivering evidence based psychology programs and interventions that make a difference to the education, health and wellbeing of young people.”
LEAP for Kids’ enrollment continues to set a landmark moment for us at Quirky Kid as we continue to work incredibly hard to produce innovative and effective programs and resources that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms around the globe.
Leap for Kids is a practice offering psychological services to school aged children from Kindergarten to Year 12 and their families. LEAP for Kids provides a range of programs to ensure that there is a pathway for growth for every child and their family. Equally, with her commitment to providing consistent and effective services to young clients and their families, Emma Cooney has demonstrated a clear commitment to the Social and Emotional Learning of her clients.
The implementation of The Best of Friends™ will take place progressively and will be closely supported by the program author and our Educational Developmental Psychologist Dr Kimberley O’Brien and our team. Participants will receive a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid. Facilitators will have access to a series of manuals and regular supervision as and when required.
Interested in offering ‘The Best of Friends™’ program at your school?
Currently, the program is available to a limited number of schools and organisations. The BoF program has a comprehensive implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan and we are keen to identify partners committed to SEL implementation and evaluation.
Schools can choose from a target (small group) or universal (classroom) format. We will provide all the implementation assistance required, including training, supervision and support for key staff members.
Be our guest and meet the team at a Quirky Kid Open Day. Take the opportunity to check out our clinical space, explore our new products, learn about our programs and ask lots of questions.
Oh, you’ll also be offered delicious treats from our local producers and be in with a chance to win a resource from our Quirky Kid range of books and therapeutic tools. There are various dates available, so register now!
We hope that you will have the opportunity to:
Explore our clinical space;
Ask questions to our psychologists and team.
Find our more about employment and volunteering opportunities.
Discuss and become familiar with our in-school and clinic-based services;
Be introduced to our programs like The Best of Friends, Power Up and BaseCamp;
Who Should Attend
Parents and professionals are all welcome. There will be many of us here happy to answer all your questions.
Dates and Times
Austinmer Address: Unit 105, 62 Moore Street, Austinmer Date: Wednesday 29th March – 10am-12pm or Date: Tuesday 2nd May – 12-2pm
Sydney: Address: Level 1, Unit 2, 83-85 Queen Street Woollhara NW Date: Tuesday 4th April – 10am-12pm (Sorry this is now BOOKED OUT!) Date: Thursday 11th May – 12-2pm
As 2016 draws to a close, it’s satisfying to sit back and reflect on Quirky Kid’s accomplishments as a young Australian company, spanning diverse industries – Publishing Children’s Mental Health and Education.
This year our team brought positive change to more than 980 families in Australia and overseas through our clinical services and products. That’s no small feat considering the complex range of social, emotional and behavioural issues addressed by our psychologists in every consultation. As a team, we are very aware of the trust our client’s place in us, and for this reason, 2016 saw us complete more than 220 hours of professional development. We presented at the Australian Psychological Society (APS)conference in Melbourne and travelled to Singapore and London to learn more further afield.
At Quirky Kid we’re committed to evidence-based and child-focused practice and our clients appreciate the results. According to our 2016 ‘Customer Satisfaction Survey’ we achieved greatness 91% of the time, while 6% of customers said we did a ‘good job,’ leaving only 3% of our customers less than satisfied. Thank you for all your feedback and encouragement! As a team, we are incredibly committed to our continued improvement.
On the ground, our programs are proving popular in schools with their steady implementation around Australia and a new distributor in New Zealand, Happy Futures (more to come soon). Locally, we welcomed more implementing schools like St Catherine’s, Holy Spirit, and Cranbrook School (QLD), as well as Jewish House and many others agencies. What a pleasure to roll out Quirky Kid Social and Emotional Learning programs into the hands of highly skilled and enthusiastic group facilitators, while maintaining the program’s integrity!
In fact, 90% of parents who signed their child up for a Quirky Kid program rated the overall outcome as “9” or “10 out of 10”. Their comments indicated participants “learnt some valuable techniques to help make and keep friends”, and it was “well organised, well run” with “great attention to detail, effort, and very professional, practical advice”. Quirky Kid wishes to thank our dedicated parent community for their feedback.
In terms of research, 2016 marked the beginning of Quirky Kid’s first clinical study. We look forward to working alongside A/Prof Claire Wakefield (UNSW), Dr John Lawson, Ms Elizabeth Barnes to ensure our research meets the ethical standards of The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Human Research EthicsCommittee (SCHN HREC). The committee is responsible for ensuring ethical and scientific acceptability of human research for paediatric specific research. Quirky Kid’s longstanding goal of generating high-quality research is finally being realised and we very much appreciate the support of SCHN HREC.
On a personal note, our incredible team also achieved some big goals in 2016. Leonardo completed his first 10km ocean swim between Bondi Beach and Watson Bay; while Michal graduated from Monash with her Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology, becoming a fully-fledged Registered Psychologist. Meanwhile, Kathryn took a break from seeing clients to climb to Mount Everest’s Base Camp; as Emily diligently worked her way through Monash’s competitive Honours program; and Kimberley submitted her 80,000 word thesis to be awarded her PhD in Education. All the while, we marvelled at Lisa’s ability to work remotely while travelling up and down the East coast of Australia; as Dawn organised another legendary ladies ski trip and spent more quality time with her family in Melbourne and Byron Bay…while plotting a trip to Kathmandu. Oh, what a year!
Wishing all our wonderful colleagues and clients a restful holiday period.
We look forward to another year of new QK programs (another achievement still under wraps) and technology and online initiatives to benefit more children and their families around Australia and overseas – Watch this space and welcome 2017!